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  • Masaki Fujihata, Augmenting the World

    Latest news | 26-04-2017
    19.05.2017 - 02.07.2017 Opening 19.05.2017, at 6 pm. Laznia 1, str. Jaskolcza 1, Gdansk   Counted among the pioneers of interactive art, Masaki Fujihata is one of the most celebrated, innovative and prominent artists who work with media technologies. Early in his career in the 1970s, he made animations, initially using an 8mm film and the stop motion technique. Later, he shifted to video to further investigate visual perception. The morphological explorations of perception that he undertook then revealed his meta-artistic concerns, which have ever since continued to resurface in a variety of forms. At that early stage, Fujihata’s projects addressed visualisation systems and techniques, the status of the image, the relations between technology and expression and new concepts of art emerging at the intersection of artistic practice, technology and science. In the following decade, Fujihata turned to computer art. Engaged in computer graphics a
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    Book DIE AND BECOME! ART AND SCIENCE AS THE CONJECTURED POSSIBLE

    Latest news | 11-05-2017
    DIE AND BECOME! ART AND SCIENCE AS THE CONJECTURED POSSIBLE Edited by Dmitry Bulatov, in Polish / English, 204 pp. with 157 col. ill., Gdansk: Laznia CCA, 2017 ISBN978-83-61646-81-5   This publication is issued in conjunction with an exhibition and educational programme of the same title, which took place at the Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art in late 2016 and early 2017. Its fundamental objective is the presentation of artists’ and philosophers’ quest for the limits of means of expression, transgressing the “visible” and the “present”. Art here is seen as a holistic creative praxis, within which, alongside the utilization of the newest 21st century means – biomedicine, informational technologies and robotics – a significant number of “non-scientific” elements are represented: intuitions, metaphors and assumptions  When pondering over the scientific and technological possibilities of
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  • Public lecture by Chris Salter (Concordia University, Montreal) + promotion of the book accompanying the exhibition DIE, AND BECOME!, chaired by prof. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński

    Latest news | 24-01-2017
    Thursday, 26 January 2017 at 6 p.m. LAZNIA Centre for Contemporary Art, ul. Jaskółcza 1, Gdańsk ART, EXPERIMENT AND TECHNO-SCIENCE Public lecture by Chris Salter (Concordia University, Montreal) + promotion of the book accompanying the exhibition DIE, AND BECOME!, chaired by prof. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński   What do artists working with science and technology do? My recently published book Alien Agency: Experimental Encounters with Art in the Making (MIT Press, 2015) explores how “researcher-creators” produce new performative assemblages that challenge how we experience the world and create, and simultaneously, destabilize new phenomena and our perception of such phenomena. How do the materials of art – the “stuff of the world” – behave and perform in ways beyond the creator's intent, becoming unknown and alien. How is it that researcher creators organize the conditions for new kinds of
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    EXHIBITION: Die, and become! Art and Science as Conjectured Possible

    Latest news | 22-11-2016
    LAZNIA 1 Jaskółcza 1 Str. Gdansk - DOLNE MIASTO   25.11.2016 – 29.01.2017   Opening: 25.11.2016 (Friday), 6 p.m. Opening performance: 25.11.2016 (Friday), 7 p.m. Panel discussion with artists and curator of the exhibition: 26.11.2016 (Saturday), 1.00 - 8.00  pm   Artists in exhibition: James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau, Dmitry ::vtol:: Morozov, Louise-Philippe Demers, Where Dogs Run: Olga Inozemtseva, Natalia Grekhova and Alexey Korzukhin, Thomas Feuerstein, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Pedro Lopes, Verena Friedrich   Curator: Dmitry Bulatov Coordination: Jolanta Woszczenko   Verena Friedrich (DE). Vanitas Machine  
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  • Presentation: Three Robots named Paul. Patrick Tresset

    Latest news | 22-11-2016
    Presentation of the installation and Art & Science “Human Traits” book launch in the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw.   Presentation of installation: 1.09-4.09.2016 Discussion: 02.09.2016, 6 p.m. Curator: Ryszard W. Kluszczyński Coordination: Michalina Domoń   Panelist are professor Ryszard Kluszczyński, Patrick Tresset and Jadwiga Charzyńska. The discussion will take place in Festival Café on the 1st floor. ŁAŹNIA Centre for Contemporary Art is organiser of the presentation.   Presentation of the installation devoted to Patrick Tresset, a French artist and scientist, which accompanies Art & Science book launch, evolves around the topic of human and computer creativity and our relations with the new generation machines. The artist’s works are robotic compositions which can draw portraits thanks to the implementation of specifically developed computer programmes
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    EN Nowa publikacja z cyklu "Art and Science meeting"

    Latest news | 21-11-2016
    At the begining this year, is published next one, bilingual publication from the "Art+Science Meeting" series - "Bio-Robotic Art and its Cultural Contexts". This album is devoted to the art of Guy Ben-Ary, whose exhibition "Nervoplastica" was presented at the Laznia CCA last June. The editor of the publication is the curator of the project, Prof. Ryszard Kluszczyński, whose introduction you will find below. You may download a fragment of the publication here:     Semi-living Art in Search of an Autor   The biography of Guy Ben-Ary, an Israeli artist born in the United States and living for many years in Australia, corresponds well in its nomadic complexity with the character of the works he creates. Indeed, his art combines in its multi-layered references and associations numerous trends in contemporary art. It is in their dynamic, transdisciplinary coexi
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The development of living systems (interview with Ch. Sommerer & L. Mignonneau) | Kamila Wielebska

Texts | 24-11-2016
KW: In many of your works you give up a part of your role in creation which is ascribed to artists. Instead of being a kind of a demiurge, you allow spectators to take a part in the very act of creation. Why do you do it? What is more important for you – to change a traditional status of an artist-creator? Or maybe to prompt people to act? Is the aspect of interactivity of the audience particularly important in your works and if yes – why? CS&LM: In our works we are interested in audience participation as an important factor for the creation of the artwork. In Happenings, Fluxus, Performance Art, Early Electronic Art, Art and Technology (E.A.T.), Expanded Cinema, Actionism as well as in Cybernetic Art, the audience and the participant gained an increasingly important role for the completion of the art event. A new dialogue between the artist, the audience and the art work was negotiated since the 1930s. Starting in the 1970s it was finally possible through interactive technologies, to push this exchange and feedback even further and have the audience contribute their interaction data as important elements in the development of the art work. When we started in the early 1990s, most early interactive art works were still quite scripted and the audience had only a limited amount of influence on its direction. They could choose certain paths or s
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    Justyna Borucka

    She holds a D.Sc. degree in Architecture and works as Assistant Professor at Gdańsk University of Technology in the Faculty of Architecture (Department of Residential Architecture). She approaches architecture from an interdisciplinary point of view, analyses its relation with other arts, and studies the role of art in the process of creating, constructing, using, and rehabilitating space. Her work is also concerned with public space and its transformation in the context of interdisciplinary design and the multidimensional reception of space, as well as with efforts to shape the experience of public space. She is currently carrying out several international research projects in collaboration with partners from Italy, Spain, Germany, Great Britain and Turkey.
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    Wojciech Cwyk

    Sound operator, specialized in the production of documentary movies. He is the co-author of documentaries, TV spots, music scores. He graduated at the Gdańsk University of Technology. For many years he worked at Video Studio Gdańsk – the first independent television production studio in Poland. He was also member of journeys to the Middle East. He cooperates with polish and foreign production companies and television channels. He worked on such movies and documentaries as “Nauczanie początkowe”, “Przerwany lot”, “W sypialni” and many others.
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    Rudy Decelière

    French sound artist, who explores notions of space and dimension. He mainly creates in/outdoor sound installations strongly linked with their architectural or urban context. His central interest is space in terms of visual and sonic presence – all connected with a very sensitive art of process. Decelière is also an active film sound engineer. His works were presented in Switzerland, France, Macedonia, Greece and Germany. He lives and works in Geneva. www.rudydeceliere.net  
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    Anders Eiebakke

    (born 1970 in Oslo, Norway) is an artist working with drone technology since 2007. Among his works is the seagull based MUAV, commissioned by The Norwegian Data Protection Authority. He has exhibited drone based works at among other the Manifesta Biennale (2010), Les Rencontres Internationales (2012) andVestfossen Kunstlaboratorium (2014). He designs his own aircrafts, exhibiting them together with politically charged aerial videos. Eiebakke also writes essays on drones, and is used as an analyst for Norwegian public radio and other news media. He is currently working on a group show in Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, discussing the relationship between art and war. Eiebakke is also a member of the Norwegian National Team in radio controlled precision aerobatics. http://www.anderseiebakke.no/    
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    Monika Fleischmann

    German new media artist, curator and researcher. She studied fashion design, visual arts, theater, digital media and philosophy. Monika Fleischmann works at the intersection of art, science and technology. Since 1987, together with Wolfgang Strauss, she develops methods, models, and the work which combining the reality with the virtual world. One of the pioneers of interactive media art. Together with Wolfgang Strauss received the “Golden Nike”. Their works are archived in the Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe. www.fleischmann-strauss.de  
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    Paul Granjon

    born in Lyon, France, in 1965, BA Fine-Art in Marseille (France) 1990. He teaches part-time in Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff, UK. He directed several short films between 1990 and 1999, moved to the UK in 1995 where his focus gradually shifted to performance and robotics. Since 1999 he developed and showed internationally live performances and exhibitions with hand-made robots and songs as well as workshops, collaborations and other projects. He was awarded a Nesta (National endowment for science technology and the arts) Fellowship (2004-2007) and was one of the artists representing Wales in the Venice Biennale 2005, where he exhibited a Robotarium. Recent work often includes home-manufacturing technologies, recycling and participation.His work features in the collections of the Arts Council of England and MUDAM Luxemburg.  www.zprod.org Artist’s Statement: “I am interested in the co-evolution of humans and machines and solutions for alternative futures. I build robots and other machines for shows in performances, art galleries and festivals. I also create temporary factories and other events where people can join in making, thinking, and playing”.
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    Jens Hauser

    (b. 1969, Schwerte) – is a curator, writer and media theorist. He holds a dual research position at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies and the Medical Museion at the University of Copenhagen, and is a distinguished affiliated faculty member of the Department of Art, Art History and Design at Michigan State University. His curated exhibitions include L’Art Biotech (Nantes, 2003), Still, Living (Perth, 2007), sk-interfaces (Liverpool, 2008/Luxembourg, 2009), the Article Biennale (Stavanger, 2008), Transbiotics (Riga 2010), Fingerprints... (Berlin, 2011/Munich/ 2012) Synth-ethic (Vienna, 2011), assemble | standard | minimal (Berlin, 2015), SO 3 (Belfort, 2015) and Wetware (Los Angeles, 2016). Hauser serves on international juries for art awards such as Ars Electronica, Transitio or Vida, as well as for several national science foundations. He is also a founding collaborator of the European culture channel ARTE and has produced numerous reportages and radio features.  
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    Paweł Janicki

    creator of audiovisual interactive systems, installations and performances working in the field of media art, microsound aesthetics and algorithmic composition. He is associated with the WRO Center for Media Art, where he currently directs the WRO Laboratory. His musical net-performance Ping Melody was awarded by the Tokyo University Haramachida in 2004 the “netarts.org” Grand Prize, and gained a nomination for the Viper Festival in Basel. He was also co-founder and longtime member of the well-known collective Gameboyzz Orchestra Project, exploring lo-fi aesthetic. These and other projects by Paweł Janicki were presented at many prestigious festivals including the “Ars Electronica” and the “Transmediale” and events devoted to contemporary art in the Centre Pompidou. He is also the co-creator of the “Interactive Playground” exhibition. http://paweljanicki.jp   
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    Prof. dr hab. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński

    Professor at the University of Łódź and the Łódź Academy of Fine Arts, lecturer at the National Film School in Łódź. His field of interest includes first and foremost: video art, multimedia and avant-garde cinema, but he also explores the problems of cyber culture. In 1990-2001 he was the curator at Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. Kluszczyński was the curator at the Modern Art Biennale in Poznań in 2010. He is the artistic director of the Art+Science Meeting project.
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    Gerard Lebik

    Gerard Lebik creates sound and music by means of improvisation, musical notation, and manipulation of audio material using acoustic and electronic media. His tools and techniques include: saxophones, contra-alto clarinet, acoustic wave generators, electro-acoustic objects, video feedback, and software.   In 2007, he graduated from the Wrocław Academy of Music. Beginning with classical music and, later, jazz and free improvisation, he moved on to electronic music, experimental sound art and noise.   He has collaborated or performed with Eryck Abecassis, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Rob Mazurek, Keith Rowe, Hernani Faustino, Gabriel Ferrnandini, Noritaka Tanaka, Bettina Wenzel, hans in koch, and Joker Nies.   http://gerardlebik.com/ http://zopan.bandcamp.com/  
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    Paweł Łaźniak

    Film editor. He graduated at the Film and Television Academy in Warsaw. After the graduation he started commercial work (Open Productions since 2006, lazniak.com since 2010). In the commercial film projects he also works on the creation of image and sound, but his main field of interest is creative montage. Till 2013 he had been working on projects for MTV, VIVA, 4fun.TV, Extreme Sports Channel, Polsat, Polsat Sport, ESPN, TVN, TVN Turbo, TVN24, TVP, Discovery Channel (USA) and many others. http://lazniak.com/  
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    Oleg Mavromatti

    (1965, Russia) is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker, a prominent representative of the Moscow Actionism, a phenomenon of the radical performance art scene in 1990s Moscow. He has been a member of legendary Moscow performance art groups such as “Expropriation of the Territory of Art” and NECEZIUDIK. In 1995 Mavromatti establishes the independent film union SUPERNOVA, manifested as a fortress of Moscow radical cinema. Mavromatti has been legally prosecuted for his critical performance art and film work (such as the famous performance “Ne ver’ glazam” (“Do Not believe Your Eyes”), 2000, for what his art and film archive has been confiscated in 2000. Therefore many of his early works are completely lost or accessible only from VHS copies. Mavromatti left the country in 2000 and since then he lives in Bulgaria and New York.  In Bulgaria, Rossa and Mavromatti established art collective ULTRAFUTURO – an international group of artists engaged with issues of technology, science and their social implications. They have been included in the Biennial for Electronic Art, Perth (BEAP) and shown at Foundation for Art and Creative Technologies (FACT), Liverpool; Society for Art and Technology (SAT), Montreal etc.  
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    BJ Nielsen

    Sound and recording artist. His work is based on the sounds of nature and its effect on humans. He primarily uses field recordings and electronic composition as a working method. He has worked for film, television, theatre, dance productions and as a sound designer. His newest album for Touch titled “Eye Of The Microphone” is a personal audio rendition based on the sound of London. Currently he is working on “The Acoustic City A Book Publication with CD”, co-edited with Matthew Gandy. www.bjnilsen.com  
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    Maciej Ożóg

    Sound artist, culture and media theorist. Since the early nineties he’s been involved in experimental music scene of Poland. Founder of many bands (Spear, Ben Zen, Aural Treat, Sub Spa, Quantum Vacuum Oscillator, Nonstate i.a.). He works in the field of live multimedia performance, interactive installations and video art. In his solo performances he critically explores the limial territory between body physical activity and invisible electric infrastructure of hybrid space. He uses custom designed instruments and devices as well as digital and analogue electronics. Ożóg is an author of numerous articles concerning aesthetics of new media art, critical art, avant-garde film, video, and experimental music. His research focuses on surveillance studies, information and network society, tactical media, bio art and posthumanism. He teaches at the Department of Electronic Media, University of Łódź, Poland. In 1998-2002 he ran a record label Ignis Project dedicated to electronic and electroacoustic music. Ignis released records by: Francisco Lopez, Ultra Milkmaids, Vance Orchestra, Indra Karmuka, Crawl Unit, Origami Arktika, Chaos As Shelter, EA and Spear. He curated such events as four editions of the exhibition “Die Kunst Ist Toth”, concerts by Coil, Noise Makers Fifes, Column One, Troum, Xaviere Charles, Z’ev, Zbigniew Karkowski, Aube, Tetsuo Furudate, Asmus Tietchens, Marco Donnarumma and many others.  https://soundcloud.com/maciej-ozog  
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    Martyna Poznańska

    Sound artist and performer. She studied Art of Sound at the University of the Arts, London and took part in the Sound Laboratory by Olga Szwajgier. She participated in numerous workshops led for instance by Meredith Monk. Poznańska is involved in the experimental music movement “Muzykoterapia” [Musictherapy] in Cracow. In her work she concentrates on the possibility of exploring, better consciousness and reduction of the level of noise in urban space. In the year 2012 she published her debut album “Hoarse Whisper”. Martyna’s latest projects include field recording workshops “Łowcy Dźwięków” [Sound Hunters] in Łaźnia Nowa Theatre in Cracow. She recently worked on the soundtrack for the choreography “A Hint of Wasabi” performed by the Adugna Dance Company in Plymouth (UK) in collaboration with composer Jamie Hamilton, made installations for AudioArt festival (Cracow, Poland 2012), Spor Festival (Aarhus, Denmark 2013) and the Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow. Currently Martyna is studying Sound in Art University in Berlin. She lives in Cracow, Berlin and London. www.martynapoznanska.com  
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    Jasia Reichardt

    Writer on art, art critic and exhibition organizer. She was born in Poland but has lived in London most of her life. She was Assistant Director of the ICA in London (1963-71) and Director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery (1974-76). She is principally interested in the relationships between art and science, art and technology and art and the history of ideas. Some of her best known exhibitions, such as “Between Poetry and Painting” (1965) and “Cybernetic Serendipity” (1968) were about the connections between one field and another. The principal idea of “Cybernetic Serendipity” exhibition was to examine the role of cybernetics in contemporary arts. She has written several books , including “The Computer in Art” (1971), “Robots – Fact, Fiction and Prediction” (1978) and edited “Cybernetics, Art and Ideas” (1971). She also worked on visualization of mathematics, a project called “Fantasia Mathematica”. She was one of the directors of ARTEC biennale in Japan (focused on art and technology) between 1989-98. In 1998 she staged an exhibition called “Electronically Yours” about electronic portraiture at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Since 1988 she has been looking after the Themerson Archive, the archive of a writer and an artist, whose avant-garde publishing company, Gaberbocchus Press, launched in 1957 a Common Room for artists interested in science and scientists interested in the arts. She continues to pursue her interests in the relationship of art and technology.
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    Małgorzata Słomska

    A graduate from the School of Art in Bydgoszcz and the Faculty of Fine Arts at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Trained as a visual artist, but born to be a chromatic ringtones virtuoso. Novice collector, naive art lover. She works in one of Warsaw’s art galleries and auction houses, learning the market prevailing manners.
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    Patrick Tresset

    A French artist and scientist who investigates human artistic activity, computational creativity and our relation to machines, in particular our relations with robotic entities. In the context of his art practice, Patrick uses robotics to create autonomous robotics entities that are evocative representations of the artist, and in a certain manner a representation of himself. His robots are based on advanced technologies using research findings from robotics, computer vision, artificial intelligence and cognitive computing. Patrick encountered and practiced computing, painting, drawing and sculpture from an early age in France. Following a degree in Business Computing, he migrated to London to become a painter. Between 1991 and 2003 his work was exhibited in solo and group shows in London and Paris. In 2003, Patrick lost his ability to paint and draw, he has since been working on computational and robotic systems that are able to simulate these artistic activities. Patrick’s research led him to join Goldsmiths, University of London, to study for a Master of Sciences in Arts Computing and until 2013, he codirected the AIkon II project with Prof. Frederic Fol Leymarie. The AIkon II project investigated the observational sketching activity through computational modeling and robotics. Patrick also created the creative robotics course taught to postgraduatestudents at Goldsmiths as part of the MFA Computational Arts programme. Patrick was recently a Senior fellow at the Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz in Germany and is a currently a visiting research fellow at Goldsmiths University of London, United Kingdom. As a researcher he has published academic papers in the fields of artificial intelligence, computational aesthetics, computational creativity, social robotics, drawing research, digital arts and computer graphics. Patrick’s work has been internationally exhibited in solo and group shows, in association with major museums suc
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    Bill Vorn

    Based in Montreal, Bill Vorn is active in the field of Robotic Art since 1992. His installation and performance projects involve robotics and motion control, sound, lighting, video and cybernetic processes. He pursues research and creation on Artificial Life and Agent Technologies through artistic work based on the Aesthetics of Artificial Behaviors. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Communication Studies from UQAM (Montreal) for his thesis on Artificial Life as a Media. He teaches Electronic Arts in the Department of Studio Arts at Concordia University (Intermedia/Cyberarts program) where he holds the rank of Full Professor.  His work has been presented in multiple international events, including Ars Electronica, ISEA, DEAF, Sonar, Art Futura, EMAF and Artec. He has been awarded the Vida 2.0 award (1999, Madrid), the Leprecon Award for Interactivity (1998, New York), the Prix Ars Electronica Distinction award (1996, Linz) and the International Digital Media Award (1996, Toronto). He has worked in collaboration with many canadian artists (including Edouard Lock, Robert Lepage, Gilles Maheu, LP Demers and Istvan Kantor). He was cofounder of the electronic pop music band Rational Youth with Tracy Howe in 1981. billvorn.concordia.ca  
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    Adam Witkowski

    Graduated in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, where in 2011 he received the Doctor of Fine Arts title. He works with soundart, drawing, radio projects and installations. He plays in the following music groups: Gówno, Samorządowcy, Nagrobki. http://adamwitkowski.com  
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    Marek Zygmunt

    Visual artist, director, producer of documentary films. Since 1995 he creates performances, video performances, multimedia installations, movies, photography and experimental music. He is the author of over 150 projects, exhibitions participant and creator of authorial activities. Professionally he focuses on film and television art, working as a director and journalist. He owns a company producing film materials. He has been working for over 20 year with artists as Dominik Lejman and institutions as the Baltic Opera, Laznia CCA, Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk preparing video visualizations and project documentations. http://www.marekzygmunt.art.pl/   
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